In Moses’ dramatic appeal to Israel before they entered the promised land, Moses laid out before them the choice: life and good, or death and evil. Moses declared that if in fact they were to obey the commandments of the LORD their God, loving him, walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, they would live, multiply, be blessed, and enter and take possession of the land. However, if they turned their hearts away, and worshiped and served other gods, he declared that they would perish, and not live long in the land over Jordan.Moses called heaven and earth as witness against them, setting before them life and death, blessing and curse. He charged them to choose life, that they and their offspring might live, and dwell in the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This charge is renewed today to us: let us choose life in Jesus, in order that we might live and fulfill God’s gracious will for our lives today. Choose life!
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Heavenly Father, who through your servant Moses charged your people with the choice of life or death, of blessing or curse, now grant us the grace and wisdom to respond to that same charge today. Enable us to listen to your Spirit’s call, and say yes to life, to blessing, and to your will. Lead us into your perfect way, for Christ’s sake, amen.
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, Amen.
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father, And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, Is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen, amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord's Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
--Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Affirmation from the Psalms
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.  Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.  The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.  Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”  Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
~ Psalm 116.1-5
Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
Today, O God, I choose life and blessing, in order that I may always live before you.